Degradation of a peptide in pitcher fluid of the carnivorous plant Nepenthes alata Blanco

@article{An2002DegradationOA,
  title={Degradation of a peptide in pitcher fluid of the carnivorous plant Nepenthes alata Blanco},
  author={Chung-Il An and Shoji Takekawa and Atsushi Okazawa and Eiichiro Fukusaki and Akio Kobayashi},
  journal={Planta},
  year={2002},
  volume={215},
  pages={472-477}
}
Carnivorous plants acquire substantial amounts of nitrogen from insects. The tropical carnivorous plant Nepenthes produces trapping organs called pitchers at the tips of tendrils elongated from leaf ends. Acidic fluid is secreted at the bottoms of the pitchers. The pitcher fluid includes several hydrolytic enzymes, and some, such as aspartic proteinase, are thought to be involved in nitrogen acquisition from insect proteins. To understand the nitrogen-acquisition process, it is essential to… CONTINUE READING